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Date: October 2006

Subject: Schimpff’s Confectionery on History Channel’s "Modern Marvels"

Contact: Jill or Warren Schimpff, Owners

For release: before October 15, 2006

Broadcast info: Program airs 10/19/06. However it would be best to check your local TV guides.


The History Channel Spotlights Schimpff’s Confectionery
(114-year-old manufacturing confectionery in Jeffersonville, Indiana)

"Modern Marvels", a widely watched program on the popular History Channel, spent all day on December 15, 2005, filming at historic Schimpff’s Confectionery, a 114 year old family-owned candy business, in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana. Primarily interested in focusing on the history of candy-making processes, the crew caught owners Warren and Jill Schimpff using turn-of-the-century equipment to make traditional candy the old-fashioned way.

The camera rolled as the antique drop-roll machines, ribbon candy maker, and the 20th Century Candy Cutter whirled and pressed. Boiled in copper kettles on an 85-year-old stove and then poured out onto a 114-year-old cooling table, the candy was finally fashioned into red hots, red hot hearts, fish candy, ribbon candy, and striped hard candy pillows. The century-old equipment performed admirably. Also filmed were many items from the Schimpff Candy Museum collection that highlight the history of the candy industry.

The many hours of footage taken will be trimmed to only seven minutes of coverage at Schimpff’s, but those seven minutes are rather extraordinary when considering that two of the other businesses to share the spotlight are Hershey and Jelly Belly. That a little mom and pop business in Southern Indiana keeps such heady company is a "modern marvel" in itself!

The program is scheduled for airing on May 24. Check your local TV guide or the History Channel website ( for more specific program information.


Other candy companies that are featured in the program are:


Jelly Belly

Anabelle Candy

Joseph Schmidt

See’s Candy

Carousel Candy

American Licorice

HotLix Candy


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